Since its inception, the School Games National Finals has striven to create an inspirational and motivational setting designed to help accustom the country’s most promising young athletes to high-quality, high-pressure environments.

First established in 2006, the School Games has become a launching pad for future Olympic and Paralympic stars. Following the success of London 2012, it has taken on the mission of demonstrating the legacy around our Home Games using National Lottery funding from Sport England. 

In over ten years of competition, the Games have been hosted by cities around the UK, including Glasgow, Cardiff, Manchester, and London, before settling at Loughborough University. The Games have since established their place in the British sporting calendar by introducing new sports and welcoming more athletes that ever before. 


The School Games has seen many of its athletes go on to achieve the highest sporting accolades and success on national and international stages. 

Inspirational athletes including Ellie Simmonds, Jonnie Peacock, and Hannah Cockroft represented Paralympics GB at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, while many more have competed at World Championships, European Championships and National Finals.